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A chance to find out about the activities hosted by the different RSC Networks. From the 35 Local Sections and 75 Interest Groups to RSC Reps and International Sections, this blog should give you a taster of the 500 events organised each year by the various RSC Networks for both RSC members and the public. If you've recently held an RSC event and would like to contribute to the blog, email:

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Photograph of the harbour, with ruins in the background
Members of the Mid-Wales Local Section of the RSC joined Friends of the Ceredigion Museum, Aberystwyth, on 25th November 2013 for the launch of a ‘chemistry trail’, a guide for local residents and visitors to the significance of chemistry in the coastal environment — and in Aberystwyth Harbour / Marina in particular.

Materials and the Sea’ and ‘Defnyddiau a’r Môr’ are the titles of the English and Welsh editions of the 16-page illustrated booklet, which is available from Ceredigion Museum.  It takes readers for ‘a walk around Aberystwyth Harbour’, drawing attention to and asking questions about many features of harbour life and activities.

Materials and the Sea contributors
Conceived, developed and written by Dr Jen Horgan, a committee (and committed) member of the local section, it suggests that readers start at the harbour’s ‘interpretative seat’ which records the historic importance of metals to the local economy, particularly lead and silver which were mined locally for many centuries.

The different materials used for the hulls of boats, from wood in medieval times to the fibreglass and glass-reinforced plastic today, are compared.  The chemical corrosion of metals in hulls, lobster pots and railings is described in terms appropriate for youngsters studying science at school, and methods of preventing corrosion, such as the use of sacrificial anodes, are explained.  The many kinds of rope in the harbour, often unnoticed, allow comparison of the properties of natural fibres (hemp, sisal, coir) with those of synthetic materials (nylon, polypropylene, polyester).
Occasionally, attention is diverted away from the harbour to discovering where ropes were made at the ‘rope-walk’, to the neighbouring ruins of Aberystwyth Castle which was the base for a Royal Mint for a few years during the Civil War, and used local silver to produce coinage, or to the Ceredigion Museum to examine its displays of ropes and locally-minted coins.
Materials and the Sea bookletsIt is anticipated that this guide will be both interesting and enlightening for local residents and visitors alike, and be useful to schools in relating chemistry to the local surroundings.  The Mid-Wales Local Section is most grateful for the work Jen Horgan has put into this project, drawing on her experience of teaching and explaining.  Funded by the RSC, the project follows the RSC’s strategy of familiarising the public at large with the importance and impact of chemistry. 
Dr Brian Davies
Posted by Jenifer Mizen on Jan 10, 2014 11:05 AM GMT
ChemCareers 2013, Hyderabad
The New Indian Express, Hyderabad, Sat 19 Oct, features ChemCareers India 2013

Around 750 students attended ChemCareers India, held in association with RSC-DS, RSC-UK, the British Council and the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT).
The day was split into three sessions. The speakers included Prof Peesapati (Hon. Secretary of the RSC Deccan Section), Mr Andrew MacAllister (British Deputy High Commissioner), Julie Franklin (Royal Society of Chemistry careers advisor) and Dr Ahmed Kamal (IICT). Opportunities for chemistry and pharmacy graduates were discussed. Parallel sessions by experts from industry and academia were held. ChemCareers India 2013: Mr Andrew MacAllister (British Deputy High Commissioner) and Julie Franklin (Royal Society of Chemistry careers advisor) 

Later, there were stalls from R&D, industry and academia. In the final session, skills such as resume writing, drafting statements of purpose and offering references, and searching  for jobs through social media were all covered by Mr Arun Pillai (Hyderabad Deputy High Commission), Ms Julie Franklin and Mr Niroop Raccha (Texavi solutions).
“It was a successful & satisfying program conducted by RSC and appreciated by one and all.”

World Diabetic Day lecture
On 14th November 2013 being Worlds Diabetic day RSC-DS organized an expert lecture on “Management of Diabetes” at National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) for teaching staff, research students and MS pharma students.
A brief summary of Dr Das talk is given below.
Abdominal obesity, insulin resistance, hyperlipidemias, hypertension, type 2 diabetes mellitus, and atherosclerosis form important components of the type 2 diabetes mellitus and metabolic syndrome.
Hyperglycemia is proinflammatory whereas insulin has anti-inflammatory actions. Ventromedial hypothalamic lesion, neuron-specific insulin receptor knockout, and disruption of endothelial nitric oxides synthase (eNOS) produce all the features of the type 2 diabetes mellitus and metabolic syndrome. The brain is rich in insulin receptors, and administration of insulin into the hypothalamus reduces food intake and lowers plasma glucose. This implies that BDNF may be of therapeutic importance in the prevention and treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus and metabolic syndrome.
Top of the Bench

Pupils at Model High School participate in Top of the BenchRSC-Deccan Section in association with the Alumni association of Model school, Osmania University arranged a “Top of the bench” program on hands on experiments in chemistry for 8th,9th and 10th class students on 30th November, 2013 at Model High school, Hyderabad. The program is aimed at giving school children the direct benefit of dealing with school level “chemistry lab experience” in an interesting way. About 90 school students and 20 school teachers actively participated in the event. In this connection a practical laboratory for school students was inaugurated in a modest way in the school premises with the help of RSC-Deccan Section.

Prof. V Peesapati and Dr Y V D Nageshwar organized the event to demonstrate chemistry lab experiments like pH determination using cabbage juice with acids and alkalis around the house (vinegar, lemon juice, water, NaCl, baking soda, sodium carbonate, domax and sodium hydroxide etc.), solubility of ionic and covalent compounds and density determination apart from separation techniques using thin layer chromatography with the aid of minimally expensive materials.

Pupils at Model High School participate in Top of the BenchThe participants, who are from low- income group parents, expressed their pleasure in conducting lab experiments on their own with the help of RSC-DS and many of them expressed their opinion that RSC should help school students guiding them in their science pursuit in future also.

RSC-DS has distributed certificates, books, pens and periodic tables with the RSC logo to all participants.
The Principal of the school expressed his happiness for the event and proposed a vote of thanks.
RSC-DS would like to thank the Royal Society of Chemistry, UK, for their support in organizing these events.

Seminar on advanced topics in Chemistry and Quiz program 7th December, 2013

Advanced topics in Chemistry seminar in association with Holy Cross School for Women - photo of speaker and her presentation slideIn continuation of our activities, RSC-DS has conducted a one day seminar in association with Holy Cross College for women, Hyderabad. The seminar has provided an opportunity not only for UG and PG students but also for college teachers, to expose them to topics of interest in the field of chemistry by inviting Expert lectures.

Prof. V Peesapati, Hon. Secretary, Deccan Section welcomed the participants and speakers and explained briefly the aim of the seminar and RSC activities in this direction.

In the morning session Dr. R Srinivas, Senior Scientist, IICT, spoke on “Basics in Mass Spectra”. He gave a detailed account of the history of mass spectroscopy, including the noble Nobel laureates that mass spectrometry produced over the years. He dwelled upon the fundamentals of high resolution mass spectrometry and its importance in structure elucidation of organic molecules.

Dr. Ch Krishna Kumari delivered a talk on “Ionic Liquids”. She discussed the growing importance of ionic liquids for the last 10 years because of their unique properties that make them desirable for many chemical applications; manipulating the materials for specific functions.

Dr. S Sree Lakshmi spoke on “Career Opportunities” for UG & PG students of chemistry.  She also stressed the upcoming fields like patent laws, regulatory affairs and scientific writing apart from regular teaching, research and working in R&D institutions. 

In the afternoon session, a Quiz program was conducted. The event was designed to encourage and give them an opportunity for graduate students to prepare job interviews for their future career. Inter college competition saw six teams (two  from each college) from various colleges competing with one another to take the honours.

The quiz generated a great excitement amongst students of different colleges.  Dr. V Jayathirtha Rao acted as a quiz master.

The event was attended by over 200 students (mainly ladies) and faculty members from various colleges in the area.

RSC-DS honoured the guest speakers and gave prizes to winners and distributed to the quiz participants.
Dr. SAr. Sarguna , Prinicipal, Holy cross college proposed a vote of thanks.

Poster Symposium details
National Poster Symposium

A poster symposium for senior PhD students was held on 21st December 2013 at Krishna University, AP, India.

Posted by Jenifer Mizen on Jan 10, 2014 9:49 AM GMT